Imagine perusing the job listings by the company you work for and seeing an opening for your own job, paying up to $90,000 more a year. That’s exactly what happened to one NYC woman who then applied for her own job!
Woman sees her own job listed for $90K more a year
In some places around the country, companies are no longer able to make vague promises when it comes to compensation during the hiring process.
Thanks to a new pay transparency law in New York, employers are required to list good faith salary ranges in advertisements or postings for all job opportunities and promotions. The legislation was signed by New York Governor Kathy Hochul.
As a result of the new law, a New York City tech worker was shocked to discover that a similar position at the company she was working for was being advertised on LinkedIn, offering a salary that was between $32,000 to $90,000 more per year than what she was earning.
At the time, the 25-year-old user experience writer was working for Citigroup on a contract basis, CNBC reports.
According to the woman, when she was hired, the company told her the position could be converted to a full-time role. Yet, here the company was listing the position without making her aware that the opening existed.
At the time the woman saw the new listing, she was currently earning $85,000 per year, but the listing salary for her exact same role was being offered up to $90,000 more annually.
The LinkedIn posting for a full-time user interface writer (UX writer) was offered at a starting salary between $117,200 to $175,800 and required 5 to 8 years of experience.
Woman applies for her own job at higher pay
The woman went viral online after she revealed the discrepancy and told followers that she applied for her own job after discovering the listing.
“They’re out here flaunting they’re willing to pay a new person at least $32k more than me???” Kimberly Nguyen tweeted, People reported. “For the same job??”
In a series of tweets, Nguyen, who is a Vietnamese-American, also expressed frustration with her current employer’s “inclusion” efforts, as well as a lack of resolution regarding her own underpayment, Yahoo reported.
“I have also been arguing for months about the pay inequity,” the woman tweeted. “I have told my managers multiple times that I know I’m being underpaid. I have gotten the runaround, and they know they can do this right now in a tough labor market.”
Company says outside service listed the job
CNBC Make It contacted Citi to discuss the opening and the discrepancy, with a spokesperson for the company saying that they had hired an outside contractor, Photon, to negotiate services. However, Citi says it has listed its own pay ranges since mid-October.
Nguyen says she was told that “Citi maintains that they have no control over contractor salaries.”